Nomination of reviewers

Ideally, submit forms SL/D3 and SL/D4 about 5 months before you plan to have your final exam.This may seem exaggerated, but it is not. Depending on circumstances, it may take a month before reviewers are officially appointed. And, legally, reviewers have 4 months after the written submission of the thesis to review the thesis and write their report.

We recommend that before submitting your nomination form, make sure that the persons you are considering for reviewers are willing to send their assessments within a certain time-frame and one week before your defense.


- Your reviewers will grade the thesis you submit to them, but are not supposed to suggest changes.
Therefore, wait for the result of the plagiarism test before you forward your thesis to the reviewers.

- It is your responsibility to send the pdf of your thesis to the reviewers. The University will not do it under any circumstances.

Here are the required documents:

Suggest 3 reviewers on the Assignment form - no supervisors, no collaborators, no co-authors, no direct competitors and no members of your thesis committee. 

Who may be reviewer?
At least 1 reviewer must be external (i.e. not part of the Vienna Biocenter PhD Program, 1 a member of the Vienna Biocenter PhD Program, and they all must be in a tenured position (professor). Try to suggest a diverse range of reviewers.
Students of UA 794 620 490 Molecular Biosciences must nominate 1 reviewer of MUW.
Also, submit a short scientific CV of the persons suggested and a short explanation why you want to nominate them as reviewers. Do not send publication lists!

The Dean of Studies Studies will choose 2 out of these 3 persons as reviewers. This decision is not influenced by the order in which the names appear on your form.
You will be informed by e-mail who was appointed as reviewer.

Reviewers will not be officially informed about their appointment before you have uploaded your thesis to the university server. It is up to you to inform the person that has not been officially appointed as reviewer.

Also, bear in mind that reviewer and examiner are two completely different assignments!

For the German abstract, you can use the DeepL online translator. It works amazingly well.

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